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Air Force Blue

(2017)
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In a return to sweeping social history of wartime, Patrick Bishop - author of best-selling Fighter Boys and Bomber Boys - explores the lives and wartime experiences of thousands of men and women who served in all units of the air force, to mark the centenary of the RAF in 2018.

On 1st April 2018, the Royal Air Force will be 100 years old - a short life by military standards but an extraordinarily important and eventful one.

From the start it was special, standing sometimes awkwardly but always proudly a little apart from the existing services. It was a product of the modern age, whose fortunes depended on ever-more sophisticated machines and the right calibre of men to fly them and to keep them airborne.

Its achievements between 1939 and 1945 - when it was Britain's last line of defence and the spearhead of its counterattack - were central to the entire war effort. During these years one in four of those in uniform wore air force blue, and the ethos of the RAF was indistinguishable from the spirit of the nation.

Following his best-selling books Fighter Boys and Bomber Boys, Airforce Blue tells personal stories of those who served, using the letters, diaries and memoirs of the participants to create a true picture of what it was like to be a pilot, a navigator, a gunner, a fitter or a WAAF ops room clerk. It re-creates the reality of operations, whether wheeling over Kent in a Spitfire in 1940, rumbling towards the Ruhr in a Halifax in 1942 or looking down from the cockpit of a Liberator at the grey corrugated waters of the North Atlantic in 1943. It will also light up the humanity of the participants at every level - their values and motivations, their desires and ambitions.

Air Force Blue is a substantial work of history, a monument to the wartime RAF as a whole and a must-buy for the descendants of the million-plus men and women from not just Britain but Canada, Australia and New Zealand who served.



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Hardback Editions

September 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: Air Force Blue: The RAF in World War Two - Spearhead of Victory
Author(s): Patrick Bishop
ISBN: 0-00-743313-1 / 978-0-00-743313-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Collins
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Paperback Editions

March 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Air Force Blue: The RAF in World War Two
Author(s): Patrick Bishop
ISBN: 0-00-743315-8 / 978-0-00-743315-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Collins
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September 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Air Force Blue: The RAF in World War Two - Spearhead of Victory
Author(s): Patrick Bishop
ISBN: 0-00-743314-X / 978-0-00-743314-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Collins
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

September 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Air Force Blue: The RAF in World War Two - Spearhead of Victory
Author(s): Patrick Bishop
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Availability: Amazon CA   


September 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Air Force Blue: The RAF in World War Two - Spearhead of Victory
Author(s): Patrick Bishop
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

September 2017 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Air Force Blue: The RAF in World War Two - Spearhead of Victory
Author(s): Patrick Bishop
Publisher: William Collins
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU